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Potential Tuition Freeze Could Help ND Student's Wallets

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Potentially good news for North Dakota students, the state's Board of Higher Education is proposing a tuition freeze at all 11 state college's and universities. It's part of a two year budget request that's on Governor Jack Dalrymple's desk. 

Right now, tuition works out to about $7,940 a year or about double from 10 years ago. Which makes deciding to get a degree a difficult choice, especially when you think about how much it can cost you.

NDSU student Kent Kjesbo has two years under his belt. He's got two more to go and tuition was a big factor in his choice to go to NDSU.

"I looked at the cost and I decided that I would rather not be in debt for most of my twenties," says Kjesbo.

Now with the State Board of Higher Education trying to keep tuition at the same amount for two years, some students say that makes it a little easier on their wallets. But it's not just students, a future NDSU parent Rick Benson says it would help take some of the load off his back. 

"Having two of them in college, any place we can save a couple of dollars always does help," says Benson.

The Governor will take the proposal into consideration for his budget and then will announce his recommendations to the legislature this coming January. North Dakota's lawmakers will have to decide on the budget and make any changes by next April.

If approved, the tuition freeze goes into effect July 1st of next year.

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